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Democracy Now! Wednesday, December 5, 2001


Published December 5, 2001


Two U.S. Troops Are Killed and 20 Injured Today in Kandahar As a U.S. B-52 Strikes Too Close, As Thousands of Afghans Flee Their Homes to Avoid U.S. Airstrikes On Villages That Have Killedhundreds
Two U.S. troops were killed and 20 injured today along with an unknown number of anti-Taliban forces in a mistakenB-52 bombing north of Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, a B-52 bomber,flying in support of opposition forces, “dropped its ordnance in close proximity to friendly forces.”

As Another Palestinian Suicide Bomber Kills Himself, Switzerland Opens An Internationalconference to See If Israel Is Violating the Geneva Conventions On Warfare By Occupying Palestine
A Palestinian suicide bomber set off explosives outside a central Jerusalem hotel this morning, killing himself andlightly hurting two bystanders. The explosion followed two days of the most ferocious air assault by Israel since thestart of the intifada 14 months ago. Yesterday, two Palestinians were killed and 150 injured when U.S.-made IsraeliF-16 jet dropped a large bomb on a Palestinian security service building in a residential area of the Gaza Strip.Apache helicopters destroyed Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s three personal helicopters in Gaza City.

Rival Afghan Parties Establish An Interim Power-Sharing Agreement in Afghanistan, Naming Twowomen to Government Positions, But Women Activists Want More
Rival Afghan parties finalized a deal today on who will govern their country when the war is over. The power-sharingagreement, hammered out in over a week of talks outside Bonn, promises to name two women in the cabinet-one as adeputy premier and minister of women’s affairs, and another as the health minister. After a marathon 10-hournegotiating session, Hamid Karzai, a Pashtun leader, was named the head of the interim administration. The interimadministration will govern from December 22 until Afghanistan’s traditional assembly meets in the spring to appoint agovernment to rule for a further two years until elections are held.

Labor Activist Kim Moody Talks About Labor and War
At the Globalization and Resistance conference at the City University of New York, Kim Moody, author of

A Republican Congressional Aide Identifies Chart Listing 57 of the Most Onerous Andtop-Secret Rules the Business Community Wants to Target
Republican congressional aide Barbara Kahlow sent the e-mail to a dozen business lobbyists on Sept. 26: “Here’s ournon-public chart,” it said. She underlined “non-public” and put it in boldface. “This was hush-hush,behind-closed-doors stuff,” one of the lobbyists recalled.


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